Superhuman

The #MeToo scandal changed Kevin Spacey from superhero to villain in one go. The gods of this time are fallen heroes as soon as they do not meet the expectations of perfection. In Superhuman: our inner darkness I search and reveal the crack in the perfect image, so that superheroes can be human again and can show all sides of themselves. - Kalpana Raghuraman

Superhero or villain. Angel or devil. For centuries religion and mythology have been using the sharply framed black-and-white perspectives of good and bad to inspire us to get the best out of ourselves. This has taught us to suppress the dark sides and only show a perfect image of ourselves. Politicians, Hollywood stars and pop singers are the Hercules, Jesus and Buddha of today: examples of ultimate perfection. But is it still real to believe that a superhero is perfect and healthy to suppress the darkness that lies within all of us?

Choreographer and cultural anthropologist Kalpana Raghuraman grew up in an Indian family and as a little girl devoured the many Indian mythological comics like the Mahabharata. Indian mythology shows an interesting optic, in which the complexity of man gets space. A superhero can also be 'bad' and a bad guy can also be 'good'. Kalpana is fascinated by this openness and the embracing of the inner darkness.

Superhuman: our inner darkness is about the indefinable gray area where the superhero gives us hope, but where the inner darkness also has a place. With six dancers and a singer Kalpana tries to devine a new superhero. Together they reveal the dark sides of the superhero, in order to expose the complexity of man and the humanity of the superhero. 

Credits

Concept & choreography: Kalpana Raghuraman
Dance: Anuradha Pancham, Álvaro Silva Gómez, Zahira Suliman, Lars de Vos, Rohiet Tjon Poen
Gie, Goda Žukauskaitė
Singer: Lotta Sophie Bakker
Music composition: Simone Giacomini
Liberetto: Lotta Sophie Bakker
Costume design: Asalia Khadjé
Light design: Frank van Schie, Jeffrey Steenbergen
Technical production: Disappearow
Executive technique: Frank van Schie, Jeffrey Steenbergen
Dramaturgy: Marc Maris
Artistic Advice: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Business management & sales: Gysèle ter Berg
Production leader: Susanne Tuny
Marketing & PR: Nanda van Aalst
Graphic design: Serena Kloet
Cartoon artist: Floor de Goede
Photography campaign image: Alexander Berdin Lazursky
Scene photography: Bowie Verschuuren
With special thanks to: Beppie Blankert, Sanne Danz, Faso Danse Théâtre, Andrew van Esch, Roy de Hair, Marjet van Os, Erik Pals

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Tourdata

  • Korzo theater, Première Den Haag , NL

  • Korzo theater, pers première Den Haag , NL

  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdam , NL

  • Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Utrecht , NL

  • Theater De Lieve Vrouw Amersfoort , NL

  • Schouwburg Hengelo Hengelo , NL

  • Toneelschuur Haarlem , NL

  • Theater De Lawei Drachten , NL

  • De Meervaart Amsterdam , NL

  • CC Amstel Amsterdam , NL

  • Ainsi Maastricht , NL

  • Bijlmer Parktheater Amsterdam , NL